CARB DAY

Gasoline Alley Carb Day Sign

It’s all about the fans on Carb Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and there are a lot of them enjoying the sunny but cool Indiana weather.

Simon Pagenaud
Simon Pagenaud

Rookie SIMON PAGENAUD – Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports Honda was the fastest of all the 33 IZOD IndyCars on course for the final hour-long Carb Day practice session. His fast lap was 225.827 mph. He ran 41 laps, with his fastest time being on Lap 40, overtaking E.J. VISO – Andretti Autosport Chevrolet, who turned his fastest lap of 225.304 mph on his Lap 31.

Third through fifth were RYAN HUNTER-REAY/Andretti Autosport Chevrolet; SCOTT DIXON/Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda; and SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS/Dragon Racing Chevrolet, who ran 52 laps – the most of any driver.

Carb Day was all about getting ready for the race, not who could be fastest. For Pagenaud, he was breaking in his new race engine. He was one of eleven Honda drivers who got new engines, some on Bump Day. Three Chevrolet drivers received new engines, with one on Bump Day.

The new engines on Bump Day were fitted in for MARCO ANDRETTI/Andretti Autosport Chevrolet; RYAN BRISCOE/Chip Ganassi Racing Honda; JAMES JAKES/Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda; and ALEX TAGLIANI/Bryan Herta Autosport w/Curb-Agajanian Honda.

Those with new engines for Carb Day were ANA BEATRIZ/Dale Coyne Racing Honda; HELIO CASTRONEVES/Team Penske Racing Chevrolet; SCOTT DIXON/Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda; DARIO FRANCHITTI/Target Chip Ganassi Racing; CHARLIE KIMBALL/Chip Ganassi Racing Honda; JOSEF NEWGARDEN/Sara Fisher Hartman Racing Honda; Pagenaud; WILL POWER/Team Penske Racing Chevrolet; TAKUMA SATO/AJ Foyt Enterprise Honda; andJUSTIN WILSON/Dale Coyne Racing Honda.

Carb Day was not without its drama.

Ryan Briscoe
Ryan Briscoe

Two of the new engines had fires. First was Sato, on the first lap, who made it to the pits where the fire was extinguished. Then, Briscoe, with his new engine on fire, didn’t quite make it back to the pits at the checkered flag. He was on the Deceleration Lane when he jumped out quickly, unhurt. But the car had to be towed to the garage.

About mid-point in the session, ANA BEATRIZ/Dale Coyne Racing Honda rear-ended Rookie CARLOS MUNOZ/Andretti Autosport Chevrolet. The drivers were alright, but the cars had light damage. Beatriz hurt her front wing and suffered a flat tire. Munoz had rear body damage.

PIPPA MANN/Dale Coyne Racing Honda got a vibration and only turned six laps before pitting to let her team work it out.

Up to Carb Day, the entire run-up to the 97th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race had been the most incident free in his memory, according to MIKE YATES, IndyCar Manager, Track Safety Operations. There had been only one real crash – CONOR DALY/AJ Foyt Enterprises Honda, who hit the wall hard on Pole Day before he had a chance to qualify. The car was towed in. Also during that same session WILL POWER/Team Penske Racing Chevrolet had grazed the wall, but drove in.

Josef Newgarden

Helio Castroneves

Simona De Silvestro

Marco Andretti

Sebastien Bourdais & Sebastian Saavedra

Michael Andretti

The savvy fans lined the railings surrounding the road in and out of Gasoline Alley, getting to their version of up close and personal to their favorite drivers/teams, who were driving various vehicles or walking The Concrete Carpet, from the garages to the Pit Lane for the final Indy 500 practice session. MICHAEL and MARCO ANDRETTI each drove separate golf carts. Others were driven. SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS and SEBASATIAN SAAVEDRA rode the sidepods on Saavedra’s towed race car. HELIO CASTRONEVES, SIMONA DE SILVESTRO and JOSEF NEWGARDEN were among those who walked in, to the cheers of the crowd. Castroneves was mobbed.

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